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It's the sooner the better as far as I'm concerned for Amar'e Stoudemire's return. Whatever the role you think he'll fit best, it's still clear that the Knicks are going to need him, and the sooner they can go through whatever growing pains that will be required to integrate him back in the mix, the sooner the team can move on to the world domination that is the ultimate goal.

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GEICO SportsNite: Lonzo on MSG 00:00:38
Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball discusses his anticipation for playing in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

With Lonzo Ball and the Lakers coming to New York, Knicks C Enes Kanter couldn't help but to add his two cents about his father -- LaVar Ball. 

Kanter believes Lonzo has the skills and talent to be a great player, but he thinks his father puts too much pressure on him. 

"He has the potential to be a really good player. But I feel like his dad is putting too much pressure on him. That's why whoever plays against him just wants to kill him, just wants to beat him on that court, just because his dad is talking all that crazy stuff," Kanter told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "If he leaves him alone, I think it's going to better for the kid because it's not going to be that much pressure. That's why I feel like he just needs to leave him alone and play his game."..

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Dec 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) dribbles the ball around Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Nets won 98-93. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports  ( Adam Hunger)
Dec 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) dribbles the ball around Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Nets won 98-93. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Former Knicks C Amar'e Stoudemire will be the man to light a cermonial menorah at Madison Square Garden before Tuesday's contest against the Lakers, per NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

Stoudemire, who has been highly connected with Judaism, says it is an honor to be able to kick off the first night of Hanukkah at MSG. 

"Lighting the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah is a privilege in any location but having the opportunity to do it at Madison Square Garden and with the Knicks during their first ever Hanukkah Night is special," Stoudemire said in a statement.

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)  (Aaron Gash/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash/AP)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis doesn't want to hear anything about his team tanking. 

When fans see that their team is in a rebuilding stage, they want to see them tank to secure a top draft pick. However, this isn't the case for the Knicks accoring to their front office. General manager Scott Perry told the media on Saturday that there won't be any tanking for the Knicks as it looks to rebuild its franchise. 

Instead, Perry wants to see this team make the playoffs, and play in meaningful games. That is how he believes this team will mature and get better. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the New York Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory Sunday night.

One night after losing to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls on the road, New York managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league.

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After a surprising loss to the NBA-worst Bulls Saturday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek couldn't hold in his frustration after the game. 

The Knicks made a late run at the end of the game to tie things at 102. But SG Kris Dunn sealed the deal at the free throw line with 2.4 seconds left following a Courtney Lee foul. The loss continued the Knicks woes on the road, and with the Bulls facing travel difficulties, it comes as even more of a shocker. 

Despite the late rally, Hornacek didn't like the effort from his team whatsoever. 

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Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (right) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (left) look on from the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (right) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (left) look on from the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

After a gut-wrenching 104-102 loss to the NBA-worst Bulls, things may have gotten worse for the Knicks.

Enes Kanter was seen limping around after the game, via Laura Albanese of Newsday. Kanter is optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday against the Hawks, though. 

Kanter played 28 minutes against the Bulls, scoring ten points on 4-11 shooting. He also had a team-high 11 rebounds.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks travel to Chicago and lose to NBA's last-place Bulls 104-102. The Knicks were down ten with under two minutes left and battled back to tie the game with eight seconds left, but lose to a pair of Kris Dunn free throws.

Kristaps Porzingis scores 23 and Courtney Lee adds 14 points. << Box score

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) waits to check into the game against the Portland Trailblazers during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) waits to check into the game against the Portland Trailblazers during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks will be without Joakim Noah against his former team tonight as he's been officially listed as inactive. 

According to Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald, Noah is "disappointed" and "wanted to play, even if it was just garbage time."

Noah spent the first nine years of his NBA career with the Bulls before joining the Knicks prior to last season. 

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The new mindset around the NBA has been to either contend for a championship or bottom out for a top draft pick-- with no in between. But Knicks' general manager Scott Perry doesn't quite see it that way.

The Knicks have surprisingly jumped to a 12-12 record to start the season when many figured they might tank. 

"I think it's very important if you're playing meaningful basketball late in the season because of the culture you're trying to build here," Perry said, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. "I'll also say wherever we wind up in the draft, whether on the playoff side or lottery side, I have extreme confidence in the scouting and front-office staff we're going to add some talented players to the mix here."

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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

CHICAGO -- After 10 consecutive losses, the Chicago Bulls finally found a way to finish off a victory. Whether they can return on short rest to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season now becomes the question.

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) waits to check into the game against the Portland Trailblazers during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) waits to check into the game against the Portland Trailblazers during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks C Joakim Noah will play a role on the Knicks moving forward and the team does not plan to buy out his contract, GM Scott Perry told the New York Post

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Knicks' expectations rising? 00:02:37
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the Knicks' expectations going forward this season and discusses the team's strong start to the season.

The Daily News Live crew breaks down the Knicks' expectations going forward this season and discusses the team's strong start to the season.


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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Knicks F Lance Thomas may not dazzle on the scoreboard, but the co-captain of the Knicks leads the way with his defense. 

A Knicks player revealed to the NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy that Thomas and SG Courtney Lee were named co-captains of the Knicks. Though Thomas may not be a top scorer on the team, he leads by example on the defensive front. Being in a captain's role is a big responsibilty, but one that Thomas likes to be in. 

"A lot of responsibility comes with it. You have to practice what you preach," he said. "I have the guys' respect because I do that. I tell guys the truth and I live in the uncomfortable. I'm not afraid to call a teammate out or push for them to be better. I'm not a guy who has a comfort zone. Some guys aren't vocal, I'm all of those things and that's something I take pride in with this team. And I'm honored."

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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) talks to forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) talks to forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Kristaps Porzingis assured everyone that the Knicks will find a way to win without Tim Hardaway Jr. in the lineup. 

Porzingis was back in the lineup himself last night as he returned from an ankle injury. He notched 18 points to help the team break their losing skid in a 99-88 win over the Grizzlies. 

The Knicks are happy their star forward is back on the court, but it is still unclear when their second-leading starter in Hardaway will return. Porzingis says no matter the case, the team will find ways to win with an easy next few games...

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:45
Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter discuss how the Knicks were able to dominate in the second half as they beat the Grizzlies, 99-88.

NEW YORK (AP) Courtney Lee scored 24 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88 on Wednesday night.

Moving from forward back to shooting guard in Tim Hardaway Jr.'s absence, Lee fell just shy of his season high and was the catalyst in a big run to open the second half that largely determined the game. >> Read more

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after turning an ankle against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after turning an ankle against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will suit up and play in Wednesday night's game against the Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis (ankle) had missed Sunday's 105-100 loss to the Magic after spraning his ankle during a win against the Heat last week. He has also been dealing with an undisclosed illness. 

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks might be about to get back the services of one of their prized possessions on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in a matchup with the suddenly spirited Memphis Grizzlies.

However, they got some disappointing news on one of their other top players.

The team announced on Tuesday that star power forward Kristaps Porzingis was probable to return on Wednesday after missing two-plus games with a sprained ankle sustained Nov. 29 in a 115-86 win over the Miami Heat.

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Feb 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan (center) watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan (center) watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A lawsuit alleges that Knicks owner James Dolan knew that former Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein was a sexual predator.

Weinstein, who founded The Weinstein Company in 2005 and was previously head of Miramax, was fired in October after allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape from over a dozen women.

Dolan was a director of the Weinstein Company for roughly a year from 2015 to 2016.

According to the lawsuit, as reported in the NY Daily News, Dolan "knew of Weinstein's pattern and practice of predatory sexual conduct toward women from his personal relationship with Weinstein and his position as a director of TWC." 

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The Knicks are 11-12 and past the quarter mark of the season. This team has had some highs and lately they have had some lows. In some aspects, they have been better than people expected, and in others, they have underachieved.

I said before the season that this would be somewhere around the fifth-worst team in the NBA. Clearly, I was wrong. The Knicks are better than that. However, a problem that will likely remain with them for the whole season is health.

It's alarming that this team still has 59 games to play and that they already cannot stay healthy. Only two players on the roster have played in all 23 games: Courtney Lee and Doug McDermott. That means only one starter (Lee) has played in every game this season. Their best player, Kristaps Porzingis, has already missed four games, and has had multiple different injuries and illnesses...and it's not even Christmas yet...

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks owner James Dolan was originally interested in hiring Jerry West to replace Phil Jackson as Knicks president, reports Sporting News, citing sources.

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Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. (stress injury to his lower left leg) has started a treatment and rehab program and will be reevaluated in two weeks, the team said on Tuesday.

Hardaway's time away from the game is up in the air, the NY Post's Marc Berman explained earlier Tuesday.

A stress injury, according to Northwestern Univeristy orthopedist Dr. Wellington Hsu, could keep Hardaway out from two weeks to two months depending on its severity. Hsu explains that the two types of stress injuries -- a stress reaction and a stress fracture -- will determine how long he stays out. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter prepares to shoot the ball around Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter prepares to shoot the ball around Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points to lead seven Indiana players in double figures as the Pacers routed the short-handed New York Knicks 115-97 on Monday night.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 for the Pacers (13-11), who led by 26 at half and 95-65 after three quarters

The Knicks (11-12) were without leading scorers Kristaps Porzingis (25.8 ppg) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (17.8 ppg) for a second consecutive loss. Porzingis is dealing with a sprained right ankle and illness and Hardaway has a lower left leg injury.

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New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks will be short-handed again Monday night.

The question is whether the Indiana Pacers (12-11) be able to take advantage when they host the Knicks (11-11).

New York played without its two top scorers, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., in a 105-100 loss to the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday.

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(Brett Davis)

The Knicks' top two scorers -- F Kristaps Porzingis and SG Tim Hardaway Jr. -- are out for Monday's game against the Pacers, per ESPN's Ian Begley

The two Knicks starter didn't see the floor in Sunday night's 105-100 loss to the Magic, and the team didn't include them in their travel plans to Indiana either as they nurse their injuries. Porzingis has a right ankle sprain he suffered during the team's win over the Heat last week as well as an undisclosed illness. He did test his ankle before the game, but the team determined he wasn't ready to get out on the floor. 

X-rays and an MRI have shown no structural damage to Porzingis' ankle, but he wasn't on the floor at practice for the two days before Sunday's game. He did say, however, that the swelling in the ankle had decreased since the initial sprain.

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(Adam Hunger)

Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and forward Kristaps Porzingis will not travel with the team for Monday's road game against the Indiana Pacers, the team announced.

Hardaway has been dealing with a stress injury to his lower left leg, and head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters Hardaway will undergo tests on his shin, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Hornacek added that Hardaway's current leg injury is unrelated to the plantar fasciitis he dealt with in November.

Porzingis also will not travel with the team after he sprained his right ankle in Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks on loss 00:00:49
Jeff Hornacek, Jarrett Jack and Enes Kanter discuss dropping a close game to the Magic and losing their star guard, Tim Hardaway Jr.

Nikola Vucevic scored 34 points - eight straight in a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run - and the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 105-100 on Sunday.

With the score tied at 85 midway through the fourth quarter, Vucevic made a short basket, a three-point play and a 3-point shot in succession to give the Magic the lead for good.

Evan Fournier had 20 points, Jonathon Simmons added 16, and Elfrid Payton had 15 for Orlando.

Michael Beasley, who replaced the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the starting lineup, led the Knicks with 21 points. Courtney Lee had 19, and Enes Kanter added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Portland Trailblazers power forward Noah Vonleh (21) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Portland Trailblazers power forward Noah Vonleh (21) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Two days after allowing three Golden State Warriors to score 20-plus points in a 21-point loss, the Orlando Magic travel to New York on Sunday afternoon to face a Knicks team that could be missing its most dangerous weapon.

Kristaps Porzingis' status remains in doubt for the Knicks' tilt with the Magic, whose big loss to the Warriors followed one of their best wins of the season, a 121-108 victory against Oklahoma City that snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Porzingis sprained his right ankle less than three minutes into the Knicks' 115-86 home win versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, and he told reporters on Friday that swelling remained.

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Charlotte Hornets assistant head coach Patrick Ewing waves to the crowd during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Charlotte Hornets assistant head coach Patrick Ewing waves to the crowd during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing shared a near-telepathic with former trainer Timmy Walsh, and the latter told Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News some great Ewing tales.

"He was very aware of people who didn't wash their hands," Walsh said. "Patrick knew from two rooms away if someone went to the bathroom and didn't wash their hands. He knew it. And Patrick was not touching that person all night. Two hours later, in the middle of the game, if that guy just hit the game-winning shot, he was fist-bumping him instead of shaking his hand. He wasn't touching the guy..."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:34
X-rays on Kristaps Porzingis' ankle were negative, but he was still absent at practice and wants to return when he is fully healthy.

Kristaps Porzingis missed practice Saturday, but not because of his ankle. His absence was a result of an illness and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Magic, according to Frank Isola of NY Daily News.

Fans feared the worst as the Knicks' star exited the team's 115-86 win against the Heat with an ankle injury. X-rays came back negative and the Latvian had reportedly been progressing well and hoped to play Sunday. 

Porzingis is averaging 27 points per game this season, the fourth-highest mark in the NBA.

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after being injured against Miami Heat during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after being injured against Miami Heat during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Kristaps Porzingis was re-evaluated by Knicks doctors on Friday and is progressing as he attempts to return on Sunday from a right ankle sprain.

The MRI on Porzingis' injured right ankle revealed no structural damage, and Porzingis is day-to-day, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Despite the Knicks -- and all of Madison Square Garden -- expecting the worst, Porzingis' ankle is only sprained.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis warms up prior to taking on the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis warms up prior to taking on the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis joked that he didn't understand it when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant first called him a "unicorn" when describing Porzingis' play on the court.

"At first I was a little confused. It's like what is it, a horse with a ponytail? What does it mean?" Porzingis said Thursday on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." "But then he explained it to me, and what he tried to say was that I was a unique player, so it was nice to hear him say good things about me."

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Daily News Live: Kanter returns 00:03:06
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Knicks' return for Carmelo Anthony, including the talented Enes Kanter.

Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Michael Beasley (8) is separated from Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) by referee JB DeRosa (62) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The altercation resultied in technical fouls for both Beasley and New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (not pictured). Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Michael Beasley (8) is separated from Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) by referee JB DeRosa (62) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The altercation resultied in technical fouls for both Beasley and New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (not pictured). Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks F Michael Beasley continues to thrive when called upon to fill in for Kristaps Porzingis

After Porzingis sprained his ankle just 2:30 into the first quarter, Beasley took over his role for the rest of the game. Though he only dropped six points, the former No. 2 pick added seven rebounds and was a plus-16 throughout the Knicks 115-86 win over the Heat. 

Head coach Jeff Hornacek has picked his spots when to use Beasley, and though he has six DNPs this season, he just wants to help the team any way he can. 

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jake Brown | Twitter | Carmelo, who?

It's still only a quarter of the way through the season, but it's pretty clear that the Knicks have gotten the best of the trade with the Thunder so far. Of the three players in the deal, Enes Kanter has made the most significant contribution. It hasn't been just what Kanter has done on the court, but his leadership off the court.

The Knicks just lost all three games with Kanter out of the lineup with back spasms. He returned Wednesday night, and without the injured Kristaps Porzingis for nearly all of the game, Kanter was the man in charge as the Knicks returned to their winning ways. He had a double-double before the half even hit, and led all scorers, finishing with 22 points and 14 rebounds. The knock on Kanter was that he wasn't a good defender, but he's been a force for this team in the paint, especially on the glass.

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Kristaps Porzingis isn't the only Knicks player with an ankle scare as rookie PG Frank Ntilikina twisted his bad ankle at practice Tuesday. 

Ntilikina was on the sideline for Wednesday night's contest against the Heat, missing his third game this season. The right ankle he sprained in practice is the same one that he severely sprained in the season opener against the Thunder, which forced him to miss two games. Head coach Jeff Hornacek noted that considering how bad he twisted the ankle the first time, it definitely isn't fully healed yet. 

But Ntilikina downplayed this sprain, saying it isn't close to what occurred at the beginning of the season, and he isn't blaming his recent slump on offense for it. 

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) takes a shot against Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) takes a shot against Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Enes Kanter had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 115-86 on Wednesday night despite losing Kristaps Porzingis to a sprained right ankle after 2 1/2 minutes.

Back after missing three games with back spasms, Kanter had his way against a Heat team missing starting center Hassan Whiteside because of left knee soreness, going 7 of 9 from the field. >> Read more

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) drives as New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) sets a pick against Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) drives as New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) sets a pick against Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

One day after traveling to face one of the premier power forwards in the league, the Miami Heat tangle with another Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

In its showdown with the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Miami must find a way to contain Kristaps Porzingis, the NBA's fourth-leading scorer.

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(John E. Sokolowski)

Enes Kanter received a warning from the Knicks' front office after he encouraged a teammate to fight an opponent, per NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

Kanter's reasoning behind using the word "fight" is due to the fact that English is his second language. In his native Turkey, the center claims the word means something entirely different.

"The front office told me I cannot say stuff like that," Kanter said. "It's a learning process. This is my second language. When I say fight, it means compete, play hard, compete. You get a tech; you get a tech. They told me I cannot say stuff like that. I'm sorry about that. I'm sorry, NBA, my fault."

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks owner James Dolan had poked fun at the sports blog, Deadspin, through a song he wrote for their award show Tuesday night. 

The Deadspin Awards had many special guests featured throughout including Daniel Radcliffe and Ken Rosenthal. But none had a more unique cameo than Dolan, who jokingly sang about what Deadspin has wrote about him over the years as the Knicks' owner. 

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks center Enes Kanter practiced on Tuesday after missing the last three games due to back spasms and is probable for Wednesday night's game against the heat, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

The Knicks have lost all three games Kanter has missed.

Though Kanter doesn't expect to be completely healthy by Wednesday, he had been cleared to take contact at practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:02:07
Michelle Yu reports on the Knicks' lazy effort in their loss to Portland despite the presence of a returning Kristaps Porzingis.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with their third straight victory, beating the New York Knicks 103-91 on Monday night.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.

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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers forward LeBron James have reportedly cleared the air after their brief spat earlier this month, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Thanks to Romeo Travis, who played with Ntilikina in France and was a high school teammate of James, the two NBA players no longer have beef, which started when James said the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. over Ntilikina and boiled over into the Nov. 13 Knicks-Cavaliers game when the rookie Ntilikina shoved James and started an altercation on the court.

"I reached out to LeBron to make sure there was no hard feelings between Frank and him and let him know Frank was my guy," Travis said, according to Berman. "[LeBron] said it's not personal between them. He's just so positive about Dennis Smith and negative toward the Knicks front office."

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah shouts from the bench in the fourth quarter against Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah shouts from the bench in the fourth quarter against Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forwards Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis will be active, while forward Enes Kanter will be inactive for Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters before the game.

Noah will make his season debut Monday after missing the first 12 games of the season due to a suspension stemming from last season and being a healthy scratch for the Knicks' seven other games.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks are a starkly different team at home, and their last two road games highlighted the disparities.

After two road losses, the Knicks return home to oppose the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

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The Knicks have assigned G Ron Baker to the G-League Westchester Knicks, and he is expected to play tonight at White Plains. 

The Knicks take on the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, and it appears that Baker's move was to get him minutes on the court rather than sit on the bench with the NBA squad. 

Baker has only appeared in four games with the Knicks this season with steady minutes in the first three games. However, his last appearances came against the Rockets where he only saw one minute. 

The 24-year-old is averaging 2.8 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 steal in 12.3 minutes this season. 

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Nov 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After many spent Thanksgiving giving thanks with their family and loved ones, attention then shifts to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the season of giving. The two pseudo-holidays are for consumers to score valuable discount deals. In that light, who from the Knicks' 15 man roster are their best discount deals?

Kristaps Porzingis

In most American professional leagues, young labor is the greatest value in market inefficiency. On a fixed rookie contract, Porzingis gives the Knicks their most valuable asset-- for now. In a few years, he'll be on a max contract, hopefully in a Knicks' uniform...

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GEICO SportsNite: Kanter update 00:00:22
After the Knicks lost two straight road games without Enes Kanter, the center is working to return to the lineup for Monday night's game.

After missing consecutive games, C Enes Kanter is hoping to suit up for the Knicks on Monday when the team hosts the Trall Blazers at Madison Square Garden.

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(Thomas Shea)

Knicks F Michael Beasley stepped up for his injured team last night as he notched 30 points in the team's loss ot the Rockets, 117-102. 

Knicks leading scorer, F Kristaps Porzingis, and C Enes Kanter were both on the bench with back problems Saturday night. In what was supposed to be a blowout because of this, Beasley didn't have that in mind. Instead, the Knicks hopped out to a 22-point lead mostly in part of the veteran journeyman. 

Beasley tallied 17 points in the first quarter, and those points to go along with the team's lead, he says shows their heart and determination despite being down from the beginning. 

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Jan 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; NBA former player Hakeem Olajuwon waves to the crowd during the game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Jan 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; NBA former player Hakeem Olajuwon waves to the crowd during the game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Hall of Fame C Hakeem Olajuwon said he would love to work one-on-one with Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis to teach him some of his ways. 

Olajuwon, who works with his former team -- the Houston Rockets -- as an advisor, already believes Porzingis has the necessary skills to be a star, and that includes his post game. 

"I think [he makes it] easy," Olajuwon told The Post's Marc Berman. "He's very skilled, very smart. The height he has the advantage in the post. The guy that got skill in the post game, he's already amazing. It gets much easier for him."

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